Wednesday 17 January 2018

Zhang Yimou sued for extra children

Chinese director Zhang Yimou has admitted flouting his country's strict family planning rules
Chinese director Zhang Yimou has admitted flouting his country's strict family planning rules

Chinese film director Zhang Yimou is being sued by two lawyers for breaking China's one-child policy, in what they are calling a protest against rich people flouting the rules.

Jia Fangyi said he and Guo Chengxi want Zhang to pay one billion yuan (£100 million) in compensation for the use of public services and as a punishment. Although Zhang already faces a fine that could run into millions, Jia said he and Guo didn't feel that was enough to deter other wealthy people from defying the regulations.

Zhang, who directed House Of Flying Dragons and Hero, has admitted having three children with his wife.

People caught breaking China's family planning policy must pay a "social compensation fee" based on their annual income.

Press Association

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